Steam Stuff - What Has the Digital Distribution Giant Done Lately?


#217

if they fix their voice chat and make it near discord quality, i will literally never touch discord again


#218

That’s the general idea, they’re going after Discord.

Not sure how that melds with the famous Valve “work on whatever the hell you want to” philosophy. Hard to imagine a group of guys deciding to roll their desks together to destroy Discord. But hey, who knows.


#219

You think a bunch of guys at Valve pushed their desks together and said, “OK guys, for the next several years, all we’re gonna do is make hats.”


#220

Well, one of them was named Jervis, you see, and…


#221

You are blowing my mind, man. You mean to imply working at Valve isn’t a utopian paradise, where unicorns with ribbons plainted in their manes daintily lick your balls as you work on whatever wild tangent strikes your fancy?


#222

No, it’s probably that. All I’m sayin’ is sooner or later someone’s gotta pay the bills.


#223

I read on Reddit that not only has the voice quality improved, but that the latency was better than discord.

But that’s just like, some guys opinion, man.

Ps @Scott_Lufkin, glad to see I’m not blocked!


#224

Does this happen to anyone else:

Often times when I browse the steam store it will just randomly freeze on a page (usually product pages, perhaps it’s do with the horrendous video player it uses) and while I can use the rest of steam like the library and market and so on, to get the store working again I have to quit steam and restart it? It’s getting really annoying.


#225

I’ve had all pages of Steam freeze visually until I maximize/collapse the client, typically after running a game. I don’t know if that’s related, though. Doesn’t sound like quite the same thing.


#226

Happens to me.


#227

Yes. I’ve had it happen as well.


#228

Yes. I think the Chromium player they use for web content crashes and the client doesn’t know to kill it and restart it.


#229

That usually happens to me on the community pages (discussions, etc.). Once it does, I can access the library, but nothing else.


#230

Changes announced to combat the fake games issue. Posted to the private dev group on Steam:


#231

Good deal. I’ve seen dollar bundles advertising a dozen games with 5000 achievements each, and they’re all very obviously fake games, so hopefully this change will cut down on that a bit.


#232

It’s better than nothing, but I’d rather instead of this long cycle of trying to make it less profitable to create fakes, they just delete them and ban the developers. I mean, we’re not even talking objectionable content here, this is stuff with no value except to pad stats that people care about for some reason.


#233

On a different note, anybody else getting a bunch of trading cards from random games the past few hours?


#234

No, but I did a day or two back, and lots of people were reporting it on the Steam forums.


#235

I imagine it’s incredibly easy to fake/recreate all the necessary info when PayPal and email are free, Valve almost certainly isn’t verifying street addresses for dev accounts, and the fee for opening a dev account is so small that even these fake games can turn a profit. Better to make releasing these games not worth the time in the first place than to let them clog up the system in a different way.


#236

Yeah, I get that too. Had it twice last week in a couple of days. Infuriating. And god, their video player is absolute shit. In fact, viewing screenshots in the community tab is absolute shit as well. Steam’s great but at times it feels like it’s held together with tape and chewing gum.